Sony bucked the CES trend of introducing all-new Blu-ray 3D players at CES in January by announcing the newly launched BDP-S470 and coming within 30 days BDP-S570, BDV-E770W and BDV-E570 Blu-ray players will be compatible with Blu-ray 3D via a firmware update available at a later date.
After CES we were lead to believe that only Sony’s PS3 gaming console would be the only existing hardware capable of Blu-ray 3D playback. That is clearly not the case, and now we are wondering if other manufacturers will follow the firmware update logic.
Also interesting to note is the BDP-S470 will cost $200 while the hot selling and otherwise identical BDP-S370 is a mere $20 less at $180. That’s a drop in the bucket to be 3D-ready should the technology every catch your fancy down the road. Far less than the expected markup on the Blu-ray 3D packaged players due to hit stores starting this summer, the same time BDP-S470’s firmware upgrade will become available.
Full specs for each player are available at Sony.